September 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Beck scoffs at 'lie' allegations

 Beck is laughing at critics who are making a big deal over his 'lie.' at last weekend's rally.
Beck is laughing at critics who are making a big deal over his 'lie.' at last weekend's rally.

(CNN) -Glenn Beck is scoffing at recent attacks from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and others after the Fox News host inaccurately told the crowd at his recent Washington, DC rally that he "held" George Washington's handwritten inaugural address.

"I thought it would be a little easier in the speech," Beck told his radio listeners Thursday as he dismissed the most recent liberal attack directed at him.

The uproar from the left came in response to a comment Beck made during his Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall last weekend in which he said, "I went to the National Archives and held the First Inaugural Address written in his own hand by George Washington."

Turns out the Archives' policy doesn't allow members of the public to touch rare documents like the First Inaugural Address. Instead, Beck was permitted to view the document through plastic – prompting Olbermann to declare "his story that he actually got to hold it…is wrong."

"His fib stands in stark contrast to the point of the rally, which was all about restoring the principles of courage and honor that the nation was founded upon," the publication Mother Jones chimed in.

But Beck himself didn't seem frazzled by the allegations.

"They are like, 'He's such a liar. Glenn Beck is such a lair!' said Beck laughing off the criticism.

"I thought I'd be a little easier than to say, 'Yesterday, I went to the National Archives, and they opened up the vault, and they put on their gloves, and then they put it on a tray, and they wheeled it over, and it's all in this hard plastic, and the because you're sitting down at a table and you can't – because of [Former National Security Advisor] Sandy Berger - you can't actually touch any of the documents because they are very rare'…..I thought it was a little clumsy to explain it that way."

"Might have been a little too much useless information!" Beck exclaimed. "Once again, they caught me."


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. sandy247

    Could have just said – "I read it", duh!!!!!

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. thaiparampil joseph

    if he lies more americans will like him more because v all r very good liars....

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    All Republicans are liars and hypocrites.... why is this news?

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Richard

    Saint Beck is one step away from a rubber room, of course the millions he rakes in from his rantings help to prevent it. Saint Beck believes that God lives on the planet Kobol and had sex as a man does with Mary and created Jesus, this lune is a Mormon and these people are f$@king crazy.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Dar

    Oh no, NOT GLENN BECK! A lier, oh my GOD NO!

    Are you kidding me, this is what the far left media has on him...............
    And this is what MSNBC pays their employees to do..... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, sorry had to laugh. What a bunch of losers they are just like their listeners.
    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, cant stop, HA HA HA HA HA.......................

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. CR

    No surprise. Glenn Beck constantly makes stuff up because it sounds good. Hard to believe there are people gullible enough to listen to this clown. Hint: Like a slimy televangelist, he's just in it for the money.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Everything Beck says is a lie.

    Love the spittle spewing response from the right wing here though. Molly, seriously, "you people should really be sterilized so we can be rid of you in a few decades!" Can't imagine why people think teabaggers like you and Kevster are completely unhinged.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. vernis robertson

    This guy if the modern KKK . Tea Baggers we are talking about Glenn Beck , not Obama. So get your people straight. You Tea Baggers always associated President Obama with everything that's gone bad in america. Beck is a racist and whom ever defends beck is a racist. You Tea Baggers was not this upset like this when George lied to the american people about invading Iraq. So get over it.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Marc

    Ok, I am not a fan of Glenn Beck but folks, c'mon! If all you have is this thin "lie" then you have to do a lot better. Isn't it just ok nowadays to say "I don't agree with his politics." and leave it at that? I don't get it. I have posted a few flames on Glenn, Mormonism and the right wing but, I will not stand by and allow this type of idiotic banter that just makes liberals look silly occur. Leave it alone. Remember creative revision of truth is not exactly a lie...so he said he was holding Washingtons inaugural address? So what if he wasn't. Let it go people!

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Name DEW

    Beck is absolutly correct calling it a joke his non political event having Parlin speak.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Dan Beach

    He lies about the Washington monument...he lies about holding Washington's inaugural address ...he lies

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Harry A. Mitchell III

    What does it matter if Olberman or CNN doesn't cover all of Obama's ten lies per day, the bottom line is Beck indeed lied. If it quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. X

    Glenn Beck is a lying gas bag.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Tom

    Of all the lies this guy has made, THIS is the one you write about?

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. corey

    Hey anonymous,
    Big words with no backup. President Obama is an intellect with tanacity to challenge the left – he does it with dignity.
    Glenn Beck, an undereducated whine bag, gets up and rocks the crowd with medicine man techniques. Please.
    Once upon a time people could have dignified disagreements, ethical expectations and common respect. My liberal grandfather had many, many conservative friends.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. becktheDbag

    If he will lie about something small like this he will lie about the bigger stuff. All of his followers and narrow minded people that are easily lead. Just don't drink the Kool-Aid, it tastes bad and will hurt you.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    For heaven's sake, he "lies" every day. But lying doesn't matter. As long as we like what we hear, who cares if it is the truth or a lie. I see someone accusing our President of lying. Let's put every sentence of the President up to fact checks. Very few things would be called lies, very few. On the other hand, let's put up Boehner, or Beck or any of them, try it. You'll be amazed at how the republicans and others stretch the truth beyond recognition. Let's let the comparison actually be done. Obama has nothing to worry about in that comparison.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Andi

    I guess Glenn Beck forgot that honor often requires doing what isn't easy because it's what is right.

    I'm sure he (and some of the commenters here) would have skewered a journalist who did the same fictionalizing in an MSM article because the journalist "thought it'd be a little easier" to say it that way. Easier? Maybe. Accurate? Not. Wrong? Definitely. Hypocritical at a rally about honor? Without a doubt. Especially since he could just as easily have said that he saw it.

    September 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Haren

    This great country is becoming third world country where people are are becoming so stupid that they vote against their own interest.
    And this country is falling apart because one man from australia who owns Fox news is getting rich on the back of middle class.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. get real

    I'm not a huge fan of Beck...but come on CNN....how pathetic.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Iowa Chris

    Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are both nothing but a couple of phoney liars and all of the crazy brainwashed idiots in the world cling to every word the circus clowns have to say. Just keep making them rich. They laugh all the way to the bank.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Dan

    It's just an indication that Beck is sloppy with his facts. Sloppier than he should be. Would it have been so hard for him to say "I saw the inaugural address..." or "I viewed the inaugural address?" The point would still stand, and he would have been more factually correct.

    I don't think this incident deserves an "uproar," but it does deserve to be noted that Glenn Beck is known to color the truth a little, if it's "easer" for him that way.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. boo

    Is time Americans wake up,travel and see how far the world have gone especially Canada in treating racial abuse and hate idots like beck.They should learn from canada and stop insighting hatred to the younger generation and promoting hate and racism through media.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. GuyinVA

    He should have been prepared for this. Say what you actually did, whether it's "easier in the speech" or not. That being said, it's hilarious that he's being attacked by Keith Olbermann (isn't he still on his perpetual vacation?). That man's journalistic credibility reached its peak when he was reading sports scores off of a teleprompter for FOX SPORTS. I wonder where that cool leather jacket he wore might be.

    September 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Dan Beach

    He lies about the Washington monument...he lies about holding Washington's inaugural address ...he lies..so what

    September 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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